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By Cyndi Pauwels

Published By: Deady Writes Publishing, LLC 

I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of the much-anticipated debut novel Forty & Out by Cyndi Pauwels. I finished it in 3 days if that tells you anything. You all know how I prefer to listen to audio books.

Someone is targeting Toledo’s single women on their fortieth birthday, tucking them in bed with a kiss and turning birthday celebrations into obituaries. Veronica “Jadz” Jadzinki, Toledo’s newest homicide detective, is partnered with the “miser” and even a disparaging lieutenant can’t keep her from doggedly going after her suspect.

But it will take more than good police work to bring the killer to justice when Jadz’s sister becomes a target. Jadz must heal old family rifts, learn to work with a by-the-book partner, and fend off advances by her soon-to-be ex-husband before the death tally rises any higher.

And the burning question you want to know? How did I like the book? It was a great read. I’d put this into police procedural along the lines of just the facts ma’am. Not to say Jadz doesn’t have heart, but her matter-of-fact delivery reminded me of Joe Friday.

The book opens with the killer leaving his latest victim and  then moves to Jadz’s first appearance. She’s late to the crimes scene and her new lieutenant is none to happy, even if Jadz’s doesn’t tell him why. It’s nice to know in a book like this, the detective charged to track down the killer has a life beyond the job. Too often in murder mysteries the reader follows the police where the detective is all job and has no life outside of work. Jadz’s has a family, friends, and is involved in the community helping inner city kids. A well-rounded character with a lot of personality and a life full of chaos like so many of us. I can see myself as Jadz which makes her more real.

Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? I’ve said it before, I don’t like to know the killer’s point of view. I’d rather only know what the detective knows and learn as he/she follows the clues. Forty and Out does have a few sections where we’re allowed a peak into the killer, but I’m happy to say this is better done than most. I will stand by what I usually say; however, the story line would have been fine without that divergence. My opinion.

Would I recommend Forty & Out? Absolutely and in fact have. It’s not fast paced, but no where does it lag either. The author keeps the story moving without making you feel like you have to run to keep up.

Now go. Get your copy. And enjoy!

To pre-order your copy click here. (available everywhere September 1st. If you’d like to meet Cyndi Pauwels, she will be promoting Forty & Out at Killer Nashville)

My hat’s off to Cyndi and her debut novel. I can’t wait for her next.